Numerous blogs and websites are recycling the same political spin in opposition to the stimulus bill. Typically the headline includes the phrase “$300 million for golf carts”. (Here is an example) The story then highlights NEVs from a list of electric vehicle types that would be eligible for federal funding under the bill and conflates NEVs/LSVs with golf carts.
Whether you are for or against the stimulus bill, this is another example of how various media outlets and others are blurring the line between NEVs/LSVs and golf carts. In the past, the blurring has had more to do with vehicle safety issues. In both cases, the blurring is to the detriment of NEV/LSV manufacturers. If this trend continues, NEV/LSV manufacturers may have to more aggressively and clearly delineate the differences between NEVs/LSVs and golf carts in order to protect the generic NEV/LSV brand and their specific brand of NEV/LSV.